A woman in California just gave her daughter the greatest gift of all.
Megan Barker agreed to be her daughter’s surrogate and recently gave birth to her daughter’s son and her own grandson. It was twice the reason to be happy as she became a newly grandmother as well as a mother.
“This was the biggest gift anybody can receive is becoming a mom and to have my mom give that gift, it’s unexplainable,” Maddi Coleman, Megan’s daughter said, via a report from CBS News.
Coleman could not carry her own baby because her ovaries were at risk for tumors. She thought surrogacy could help, but at $75,000 and up, it was too much for her budget. That was when her mother stepped in and volunteered to be the surrogate.
Nine months later, October 22, little Gus Wyatt Coleman came into the world.
“It was the best thing that I’ve ever done in my life because I did get the real thing for nine months.” 48-year-old newly grandmother Barker said via the CBS News Sacramento. “The attachment for me was not an issue as people predicted because in my mind it was biologically their baby. I was just a deluxe easy bake oven.”
Barker carried her daughter’s child for nine months – an embryo created by her son-in-law Tyler, and her daughter. She already had delivered and raised three children of her own.
Coleman was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) when she was 14. It was the reason why she could not carry her own child. It’s a disorder that occurs in females and mainly affects the reproductive system. Coleman also said that her husband was on board with the plan from the beginning. She also reiterated that little Gus belongs to them.
“One-hundred percent, Tyler’s and mine; he’s our son,” Coleman said.
The family said they are going public with their story to give others hope.
“For me, the MRKH was so devastating and depressing to go through that experience,” Coleman said. “As a woman, one of your biggest gifts is to be able to bear children and for me to not be able to do that was sad in the beginning. And now that I have this as a result of my MRKH, I want women out there, whether it’s MRKH or infertility issues in general, to know that there are other options, whether it’s surrogacy or adoption or IVF. I just want to give people hope that there are options to becoming a mom.”
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